Children & Junior Young Friends Committee

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Children & Junior Young Friends Committee

JYFs gathering at the Adelaide meeting house

Supports the contributions which young people make to Quaker life and facilitates the work of our Children and JYF coordinators.


The role of the AYM Children and JYFs Committee is to oversee and support the Children and JYF coordinators to:

- Bring children and JYFs into the centre of our Quaker life and community.

-  Assist Friends who are planning Quaker events, especially Yearly Meeting and other business meetings, to ensure that Children and JYFs are at the centre of our Quaker life.

-  Encourage all Friends to engage with Quaker children and JYFs. 

-  Support parents, carers, children and JYFs in all regional and local meetings or wherever Quakers meet, through the Regional Meeting children's coordinators.

Welcome to the Children & JYF Committee page.

Our committee members are: Di Bretherton (VRM), (SANTRM), Restina Nininahazwe (JYF & SANTRM), Jenny Turton (VRM), and Justine Shelton (VRM).

To find out about what's happening with Children and Junior Young Friends in Australia and to check out the resources we've found and developed, visit this page about Young Quakers in Australia.

NEW! Call for Expressions of Interest: Children and Young People at the Heart of Quaker Life

The Australian Yearly Meeting (AYM) Children and JYFs Committee (C&JYF Committee) is inviting expressions of interest for a part time paid position for 6 months in 2023 to help design, conduct and report on a project with families and young people, local and regional meetings, worshipping groups and isolated Friends to:

  • identify and consider the needs of Quaker meetings, families and young people

  • facilitate building community and relationships and support for those working with families and young people in Quaker activities

  • map the connections to relevant Quaker organisations and committees

  • connect people with similar challenges, ideas and needs, and

  • consult with other Yearly Meetings and learn from their experiences

The report could then propose a way forward for the C&JYF Coordinator and Committee to support families and young people within Australia Yearly Meeting.

*Deadline for Expressions of Interest is 16 January 2023.

*For further information contact Di Bretherton, Convener of the C&JYF Committee at